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2017 Tri-State Team Announced
Author: Greg Howell
September 2nd 2017 - The 2017 Tri-State Championship between New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine will begin Saturday, September 16th at Mount Washington Resort Golf Club in Bretton Woods, NH. In 2016 New Hampshire took home a decisive victory at a rain-shortened 1-day Championship. The team is made up of ten "regular" players and four senior players. Nine of the fourteen players on the 2017 team were on the winning team at Belgrade Lakes in Mainelast fall. Meet the fourteen players representing the Granite State below: 
 
Jim Cilley (Ridgewood CC) - Cilley had another solid season in 2017, with victories at the inaugural Stroke Play Series event at Green Meadow GC, and a follow-up victory at Loudon CC. Cilley advanced to the Round of 16 at the State Amateur and earned a 3rd place finish at the 2017 Stroke Play Championship. The 2011 State Amateur Champion finished T7 at the Players Invitational and was T3 at the 2016 Mid-Amateur Championship at Lake Sunapee CC. 
John DeVito (Passaconaway CC) - John DeVito took home his first NHGA title in 2017 with a win at the inaugural Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship, defeating Ryan Kohler 3&2 in the finals. DeVito earned co-medalist honors at the Amateur Championship with the low round of the Championship. DeVito and his partner James Pleat forced a playoff at the 2017 Four-Ball Championship before ultimately being defeated on the second playoff hole. As a newcomer to the Tri-State team, DeVito will look to add to the impressive records of many of his teammates. 
Jamie Ferullo (Rochester CC) -  Jamie Ferullo has been the only player to advance to the Quarterfinals in each of the last three State Amateur Championships. Quickly becoming a staple on Tri-State teams, Ferullo finished T9 at the Stroke Play Championship and T10 at the Players Invitational. Ferullo will be happy to be back at Mount Washington, the site of his first quarterfinals appearance at the Amateur. Jamie and his partner Nick MacDonald finished T5 at the Four-Ball Championship. 
Ryan Kohler (Stonebridge CC) - Kohler has become one of the mainstays on the New Hampshire Tri-State team due to his steady impressive play throughout NHGA Championships. The 2015 Mid-Amateur Champion was one of three NHGA players selected to represent New Hampshire at the USGA State Team Championships in Alabama in 2016. Kohler finished 6th at the 2017 Stroke Play Championship and was the Runner-Up at the inaugural Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship. 
Bob Landry (Loudon CC)* - Bob Landry will be playing his second Tri-States as a Senior after many successful campaigns as a regular player.  Landry finished as the Runner-Up at the 2016 Senior Championship at Montcalm GC and was a quarterfinalist at the 2017 Senior Match Play Championship. After finishing Stroke Play qualifying at the State Amateur T33, Landry drew a tough draw with Josh Kibbe in the first round and was defeated in a tightly contested match. 
Nick MacDonald (Hanover CC) - Nick MacDonald has been one of the most successful Tri-State players for New Hampshire over the past two seasons. MacDonald has navigated the last three Tri-States Championships without losing a point, including the victory clinching putt on the 18th green at Concord CC in 2014. The 2010 State Amateur Champion advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 State Amateur and finished top ten at the 2015 New England Amateur at Baker Hill GC. MacDonald earned alternate honors for the 2017 US Amateur Championship. 
Mike Martel (Nashua CC) -  After what was arguably one of the most impressive seasons in New Hampshire Golf, Mike Martel will look to cap off his campaign at Mt. Washington. Martel defeated Matt Paradis 2 & 1 to capture his second New Hampshire Amateur Championship, before throttling the field at Rochester CC to win his second consecutive Stroke Play Championship. Martel's victory at Rochester set numerous NHGA scoring records including low 72-hole total (-20), low round (63), low 36-hole total for one day (130), and largest margin of victory (10).                                                           
Scott Peters (Hanover CC)* - Scott Peters will be making his first Tri-State appearance after a successful golf season. Peters, Founder & President of Golf & Ski Warehouse dazzled the field at the Lake Sunapee CC Tournament Series event with a 3-under 67 and 48 total Stableford points. Peters is currently serving his 11th and final year as a member of the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Golf Association. Peters and partner Andy Hydorn took home victory at the 2017 Tommy Keane Invitational at Hanover CC. 
James Pleat (Nashua CC) - James Pleat will be adding his name to the list of talented players joining the Tri-State team in 2017, in a year that saw him compete at the USGA Four-Ball Championship at Pinehurst Resort with his father, Phil. James was the runner-up at the 2016 Mid-Amateur Championship and finished State Amateur Stroke Play qualifying T3 at Bretwood GC. Pleat advanced to the Round of 16 before being defeated in a great match with Jamie Ferullo. 
Phil Pleat (Nashua CC)* - The most decorated Champion in NHGA history, Phil Pleat will look to bring his experience and ability to a group of talented seniors for Team New Hampshire. The 19-time NHGA Champion took the victory at the 2016 Senior Championship before backing that victory up with a win at the New England Senior Amateur. Pleat advanced to the Round of 16 at the State Amateur Championship and finished T7 at the 2016 Mid-Amateur Championship. 
Cameron Salo (Bretwood GC) - Cameron Salo has been one of the more steady players in New Hampshire over the last three seasons. Salo continued that solid play in 2017 with a T4 finish at the Players Invitational at Baker Hill GC. After finishing the Stroke Play qualifying at T19, Salo advanced to the Round of 32 at the State Amateur Championship. Salo and partner Mike Martel finished 3rd at the Four-Ball Championship and had an impressive 64 on the first day at Canterbury Woods CC. 
Craig Steckowych (Portsmouth CC)* - Steckowych has been a steady force on New Hampshire Tri-State teams for years, and has begun his dominance over the senior division. Steckowych and Bob Landry took both points available to them last year playing as the #1 and 2 senior players in Maine. Steckowych advanced to the Round of 16 at the State Amateur after finishing the qualifying T6. The Greenland, NH resident finished T5 at the 2016 Senior Championship and was 8th at the 2017 Stroke Play Championship. 
Ryan Tombs (Manchester CC)  - After a "breakout" summer in 2016, Ryan Tombs backed it up again in 2017. Tombs finished the 2017 campaign with the second most Tri-State standings points, due to top finishes at numerous events. After holding the lead will nine-holes to play, Tombs finished as low-amateur at the New Hampshire Open, and took 5th place at the Stroke Play Championship. A competitor in the 2016 US Amateur, Tombs advanced to the Quarterfinals at the State Amateur in 2017. Tombs was invited and competed in the 2017 Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett CC in Rhode Island. 
Brett Wilson (The Golf Club of New England) - Brett Wilson has appeared on each of the last three victorious Tri-State teams, and will once again be a key part of Team New Hampshire. Wilson was a semi-finalist at the 2017 State Amateur just weeks after capturing his record fifth Seacoast Amateur title. The two-time Mid-Amateur champion finished T7 at both the Players Invitational and the 2016 Mid-Amateur Championship.  
 

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